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Three Years of Christina Kanu Consulting LLC

Written By Christina Kanu @MissKanu

2/28/2019

Here is to Year 3.

In 2016 I didn’t know everything. Nonetheless, I decided to start my consulting journey. The last three years have been nothing short of exciting.

There are many highs that come with business. New clients, new experiences, paid invoices, and people from all over the country contacting you for your services.

There are also a lot of lows that come with business. People skipping consultations, not getting paid, a drought in your clientele, and feeling that your business really doesn’t matter.

In spite of the lows and highs one thing has remained consistent since 2016. I fall more and more in love with consulting every day.

I love being able to jump on the phone with a client or sit in a meeting provide strategies that will change their lives. I love being that catalyst that gets a project going. I love when a client shares their business dreams with me and I see the sparkle in their eyes.

All of these reasons are why I started Christina Kanu Consulting LLC. I wanted to show people that you don’t have to wait for anyone to tell you “It is Your Time”. No your time is whenever you deem it your time. Every year my business has grown. From clientele to revenue it is growing. I have stopped accepting everything as a project because I value my time and efforts as a business owner. I don’t work any hour of the day and I respect my weekends. Daily I am mastering mom life and ceo life.

I am a better woman because of Christina Kanu Consulting. I am a better woman because of my clients. I am better because each day I am influencing the next generation of Girl Bosses and for that I am proud.

Thank you to everyone who has rocked with me since 2016 when I took the leap of faith. Thank you to everyone who has spoken life into my business. Thank you to everyone has referred a client, booked a consultation, had me a part of their team, or reposted anything from tweets to advertisements.

Cheers to Three Years and much more to come.

 

 

With Love,

Christina Kanu
Chief Executive Officer
Christina Kanu Consulting LLC
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“What happens next?” A Plea for those who REFUSE to Rest

4/28/18

Written By @MissKanu

We are always concerned about what happens next. Before we can even accomplish a goal we are thinking about the next one. I am not arguing that one shouldn’t have a plan in life. I am arguing that we need to enjoy the process a little more.

I will be graduating with my Master’s in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University on Monday May 21st 2018 at 8:00 AM. I am sure you could sense the excitement from my previous sentence. I have been on this journey since August 2014. I never thought that graduation would come. And now it is a few weeks away. I don’t even know what to do with myself. It hardly feels real. Graduation hasn’t happened yet and people are asking what are my next steps. What is the plan Christina ? What are you going to do next. My answer is simple. I am going to breathe. Breathing is also a part of the process. And we like to skip that step. I didn’t get a MA degree to be able to breathe. I also didn’t get a MA degree to have an expensive piece of paper. I worked arduously  for this degree to be able to improve the lives of Black people daily. That is the simple and short answer. I do have plans that I want to execute. I have projects I want to work on. I have another degree that one day I will start on. But for right now I want to breathe.

As we are working towards our dreams we have to respect the periods of rest. Every year cannot be about the grind. Some seasons in your life require you to rest. You have to catch your breath in order to continue your marathon. It is essential. Without these days, weeks, months, or sometimes years we eventually burn out. It is inevitable. Along the course of your journey make sure you rest. And when you finish a goal be sure to rest. Don’t allow people to force you into skipping your resting period. The notion “You can sleep when you are dead” is BS. If you forego rest then you most certainly will be sleeping permanently very soon.

Work and rest go hand in hand. Never forget it.

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My Six Month Motherhood Reflection

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

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When Jayce was first born I had a list of things I wanted to do to capture my journey as a mother. I wanted to write a blog post every month. I was very ambitious. That is why it has taken me months to write this. I have been capturing my journey via photos, diary entries, and random notes ion my phone. However, I wanted to be able to share publicly. I decided this week that come what May I would write on the day Jayce turned six months. So here I am baby on the boob and laptop in my lap. I am just going to let the words flow so this will truly be a stream of consciousness post.

When I found out I was pregnant in October 2016 I was scared. I didn’t know how all of this would work out. I knew my life would be different. No longer would it be about me. There are so many things women take for granted before becoming a mom. I used to come home and take naps until I felt like waking up. I am not sure what a nap is anymore. Or the ease of deciding to go out for a night with the girls. Also, my 5 AM gym sessions had to cease. The list goes on and on.

But the beautiful thing about pregnancy is that it is long (40 weeks and 1 day for me). I had time to reflect and prepare for the changes. I did lots of reading, had plenty of conversations, and most importantly I prayed. I don’t think I have ever prayed the way I did when I was pregnant. I was nervous about birth. The concept of contractions scared me. Everything was overwhelming. I remember the last week of my pregnancy I was in a MOOD. I was fat, tired, in pain, and over it. I asked Jayce every second of every day to just come on out. I was sick of everyone telling me “In God’s time” or “At the right moment he will come”. At one point I locked myself in my room, put on my headphones, and just read. I didn’t want to be bothered or disturbed. My actual due date was June 8th. I should have known that Jayce would be stubborn like his parents. On June 8th my labor started but it was on June 9th at 5:13 PM at Emory University Hospital that we met our beautiful baby boy Jayce Carter Kofi Wells.

The moment I saw Jayce I cried. Actually, the moment Jason told me that Jayce had so much hair I cried. My birthing process was everything I wanted it to be. I had an epidural, I had music playing, and I didn’t throw up during labor. I am terrified of vomit. When I heard Jayce cry and I saw his face, I immediately knew what love actually is. He was perfect. Every mother says that about their kids. And as a mother I completely get it. I was exhausted from the birthing process. I told Jason before I had Jayce that after he was born I wanted a ginger ale. I didn’t care where he got it from or how far he had to go. I knew I wanted a ginger ale. Very random request but I knew I needed it. The first night at the hospital I couldn’t stop staring at Jayce. I barely slept. Little did I know that the next few weeks would be the initiation that babies put their parents through.

People would ask me how I was and the answer was “tired”. The level of exhaustion I felt was real. I hate the saying of “sleep when the baby sleeps”. That doesn’t work all of the time. Moms have to eat, cook, clean, do laundry, pay bills, breathe, etc. I was eating breakfast at lunch time and lunch at dinner time. My concept of time was completely off. I was always busy with Mom Life. But I loved every single minute of it. I wanted my time with Jayce to be special. Was I stressed? Yes. Was I exhausted? Yes. Did I miss going out with my friends? Of course. But I knew that to be a mother is a gift. This is something that not everyone gets to do. So I didn’t complain about the dirty diapers. I didn’t complain about the spit up. I didn’t complain about missing out on events and activities. I just lived in the moment with my baby.

My goal as a mother was never to be perfect. I didn’t want to be the perfect mother. I just wanted to be perfect for Jayce. I wanted to be able to expose him to so many things as a baby. I knew he wouldn’t remember everything but we would have pictures and stories. Once I was able to really move around we went everywhere. I took Jayce on my client visits, to the store, to the pool, on the plane, to the library, to church, and everywhere else. We would sing, dance, play, laugh, read, and snuggle. I wanted every day to be an adventure for him. I learned how to truly mind my business the moment I became a mother. I didn’t want to get caught up in what other people were doing or how they were raising their kids. My mother told me something profound “All the love you have in your heart give it to Jayce. He deserves it”. So that is what I decided to do. Love Jayce with my ENTIRE heart. It is easy as a mother to become consumed with so many other things as opposed to focusing on your child. Whether it is love, social media, work, business, school, friendships, etc. I am not saying I don’t want to focus on other things because of course, I do. But I also never want anything to come between raising Jayce. He is just that important to me.

I was nervous about my postpartum body. I didn’t know if I would lose weight or if it would stay on. My boobs got bigger because I was nursing. My stomach slowly started to go down. And I remained thick as I was before I became a mother. People talked about my “snap back”. And I would be a liar if I didn’t say that I wasn’t happy to have snapped back as quickly as I did. But I still have some work to do. There are some things I put on and I am not happy with the way I look. I have had to change my outfit a million times because things don’t fit how I would like them to. Something that also happened was the thinning of my hair. In the front of my hair I realized my hair was thinning. I was freaking out and had to work hard to get my hair to grow back. Every day when I have my insecure moments I remind myself “YOU JUST HAD A BABY CALM DOWN”. We have to put things into perspective.

Transitioning back to work was exciting. I cried the first day I took him to the sitter but I was fine the next day. It is even more tiring working a long day and having mother duties to tend to. We have found a system that works for us and that has made all of the difference. I am usually ready to pass out at 9 PM.  I am up around 5:30 AM-6:00 AM during the week. I try to use that early morning time for prayer, thinking, and listening to music.

My parenting relationship with Jason has truly been a journey. I am happy that we are great friends and no matter what put Jayce first. Something I have learned and observed is the importance of keeping a majority of things that pertain to your child between parents and that is it. Not all information is for the masses. It is incredibly important to preserve a healthy relationship between parents and be mindful of not letting anything or anyone destroy that relationship. It is so important to both of us that Jayce knows that he is loved and that his parents respect one another.

I can truly say that my relationship with my Mother has been everything since I became a mother. We talk everyday and she helps me navigate through grey areas. She has taught me so much and I would have failed without her.She is truly my best friend and I hope to be like her as I continue my motherhood journey. 

I have had such a strong support system of family, friends, and my sorority sisters. People have truly taken to Jayce and are willing to do anything for him. His godparents are truly from heaven. They look out for this little boy no matter what the circumstance is. It is important to have a village of people when you have kids. I believe there is a village and then there is an even more intimate village. The intimate village is there on a consistent basis and knows what to do without being asked. I am grateful for the people in both. My job as a mother would be impossible without them.

I don’t know everything about being a mother. I am learning daily. All I know is that I love Jayce with my entire soul. As long as I continue to love him everything else will get figured out. Cheers to six months of motherhood and cheers to many more months to come. Thank you God for my little boy.

 

With Love,

Miss Christina Kanu

 

 

 

 

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V is for Vulnerable

By Christina Kanu @MissKanu

I decided today that I was going to write. I haven’t written in awhile for a variety of reasons. I have been extremely introspective the last few months as I transition into motherhood. Other then that I have just been exhausted. Tired from  work, time from school, tired from people, and tired from it all. We all have our seasons of being tired and seasons when we need to take a sabbatical from the norm.

This post is really free form. Not the typical Miss Kanu Message which is short (or long in some people’s eyes). 

The last few months I have been challenged in so many ways. I have had to find the inner strength from within daily. Have you ever just had those seasons in your life when every single day you have to fight to command your day. That has been my life the last few months. 

From sentiments of feeling tired, to exhausted, to alone, to scared, to happy, to anxious, to happy, to hormonal, to sad, to happy, and to everything in between. I have been working simultaneously on birthing two things. Birthing my Master’s Degree and birthing my beautiful black baby boy. Both of which have no definite due dates. My son’s due date is June 8th 2017 but babies come when they want. Anyone who has been on the thesis journey knows that degrees come when they want to. 

Over the last few months I have found that timing is everything. However, never get so caught up in the way you want time to manifest in life. This doesn’t mean to just aimlessly wander. What it does mean is to have a plan but know that the almighty creator’s plan for your life will always reign supreme. I imagined my 2017 to be very different. From personal to business to academic. The last quarter of the year that changed in many ways more than one.

But the beauty in everything is that the lessons I have learned along the way are priceless. I needed a reminder that you can be Boss Lady every single day Miss Christina Kanu but at the end of the day your journey will turn when you least expect it and that is okay. 

I am a huge advocate of trusting one’s journey. I am so happy that in the midst of the storms, hurricanes, sunshine, and snowstorms that I was able to trust my journey and I am a stronger and more confident woman today because of it. 

I doubt anyone is still reading but if you are hey !! It is rare that I let the masses into my inner thoughts because as public as I am I also have a sense of privacy as we all should. I encourage you when you find yourself in a place of transition and change to never forget how resilient you are. Resilience can only be tested during challenging times. 

With Nothing But Love,

Miss Christina Kanu 

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Happy Two Year Anniversary ChristinaKanu.Com !!!!!!

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

12/19/2016

Two years ago today I decided to take a risk and launched my website christinakanu.com . Over the last two years  I have written several articles which have led to thousands of views. I have received countless emails, texts, comments, and messages about how my articles ignited a change in someone’s life. This makes me smile because I have been living up to my motto “Changing the World One Leader At A Time”.

Thanks to the amazing Rashod Harris from The Rebel Society we relaunched the website in early 2016. My good friend Devin McAllister captured the shots for the new site. This also led to the launch of my consulting firm Christina Kanu Consulting LLC.

Overall, I am proud of the work that has been done over the last two years. It is nowhere near finished and I have so many more things I would like to accomplish.  I am looking forward to future projects, future clients, and continuing to impact people across the globe.

From the bottom of my heart thank you for all of the love and support over the last two years.

With Love,

Miss Christina Kanu

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CEO Christina Kanu featured in Dear America Documentary

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

9/7/16

I received a phone call about two months ago from the Dear America Director Dennis Chandler. He asked if I would be interested in providing commentary for the community section of the documentary. I did not have to wait to answer because my answer was already yes. I always write about the importance of supporting people even when you do not know where it will go. This was one of those moments.  After preparation and collaborating with my dear friend and photographer Devin McAllister it was time to shoot. This was another example of simply supporting because you care. On September 5th 2016 the Dear America Documentary was released. It is an honor to be a part of such a transformational  project. Also featured in the documentary is Virginia State University Professor Dr. Zoe Spencer. She provides the historical context for policing in America. Special thanks to the Director Dennis Chandler, Executive Producer Elliot Lee, and Associate Producer Devin McAllister.  Thank you in advance to everyone who supports this documentary !

 

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VIEWS from the Visionary : The Challenges Of A Visionary Leader

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

7/30/16

What does it mean to have a visionary leadership style ? Of course there are fancy ways that I could word this but I will keep it simple. Visionary leaders view situations and/or people not at their present state but where it has the potential to go. Many of the world’s most powerful and successful leaders have a visionary leadership style. Most often, we do not fully appreciate our visionary leaders until after the vision has come to pass. To be a visionary leader means you must have an abundance of faith, patience, perseverance, and dedication to name a few.

I have the pleasure and challenge of sharing this leadership style with many. A person can identify a visionary leader from a mile away. Visionary leaders are constantly dreaming yet thinking of ways to make their dreams possible. However, visionary leaders do not struggle with their own visions it is most often their interactions with others.

Visionary leaders find their joy in helping others reach their goals. I would like to help deliver a few visionary leaders from the burden that they often carry with having this leadership style.

Stop Trying To Birth Everyone’s Vision

As a visionary leader, as soon as I meet a person I want to help them. I want to know about their dreams, goals, challenges, etc. I love to be a catalyst in helping people get to the next level in their life. But what I have found is the more and more you do this the more and more confusion you have to deal with. People will come to you with a goal and want you to make sure it manifests as opposed to putting in the effort to see their  own dream come to pass. I have seen this situation arise on multiple occasions. It is essential for visionary leaders to be selective. Decide which visions you want to support actively or which visions you will support from a distance.

Not Everyone Needs Your Advice

Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth shut. I know it is very blunt but I have learned the hard way. Sometimes you will provide advice that is grade A but not everyone is ready to receive it. Save yourself the frustration. Do not waste time fertilizing unfertile ground.

Do Not Forget To Live in the Moment

There will be days where I will be thinking and I will think myself to 2025. As a visionary leader do not forget that you have to get through the moments you are currently living in. Do not get caught up in only 5 year planning that you forget to your year goals, quarterly goals, monthly goals, and weekly goals. That does not mean you stop dreaming big or long term. It just means you must find balance in your dreaming.

VIEWS from the Visionary

Not everyone views their life in the eyes of a visionary. Some people are truly satisfied with the bare minimum and that is okay. It took me a long time to understand why people did not want more for their lives. Or why people did not put in the effort when all of the resources were around them. Some people catch a vision later on in life. Everyone’s timing is different. Do not try and bring everyone on this Visionary Path with you because the shoes are huge and not everyone’s feet will fit.

Surround Yourself with Other Visionaries

This point is critical. If you do not surround yourself with other people who are thinking and dreaming big then your dreams will die. That does not mean that your whole “crew” or the people you brunch with are visionaries too. That just means you need to have a few people in your phone that you call when an idea comes to you. Those are the people who will not try to scale your plans back or make fun of you. These are the people who will help you make sure that this vision comes to pass.

Are you a visionary leader ? Or do you know someone who is a Visionary Leader ? Be sure to share this article with a friend.

Stay Fabulous,

Miss Kanu

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World Wide Women Group Recognizes Christina Kanu as an Influenc-HER

Written By Christina Kanu @MissKanu

6/11/16

A few weeks ago I was working on a few projects and received a message from the CEO of World Wide Women Group Elle Harris. Her non-profit organization World Wide Women Group was interested in featuring me for their Influenc-HER Profile Series. Immediately, I was humbled. People do not have to recognize you for your efforts. Every single time a person asks to interview me I am humbled and thank God. God always knows the plans for my life.

I am honored to share with each of you my interview with World Wide Women Group ! Thank you to Elle Harris and her entire team for recognizing me as one of the women for your Influenc-Her Profile Series. I hope that my words have the ability to transform the lives of many.

Click here to be directed to the Interview.

Stay Fabulous,

Miss Christina Kanu

 

 

Influenc-Her Profile Series: Christina Kanu

 

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Selfish Leadership

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

5/5/16

Let’s take a minute to talk about leadership. As a leadership expert, I am constantly studying, observing, and researching leadership best practices. I watch people’s leadership style and help people determine what type of leader they are.

Over the last few years I have noticed a negative trait emerge in many leaders from international leaders to local leaders. We have too many selfish leaders.

Leadership was never intended to be selfish. Leadership was always intended to be selfless. When you are a leader it is NOT about you. It has never been about YOU. If you wanted it to be about you then more than likely you were never a leader in the first place.

When you are a true leader you understand that there are people following you. These people are watching your every move. That does not mean that your followers will always agree with everything you say or do. However, they will have enough respect and trust in you. For example, if you are a leader of about 125 people and only 20 people vibe with you that is a problem.

What are some traits of a selfish leader?

 

As a lover of leadership for 20 years, I am able to recognize a selfish leader instantly. Their actions say it all. It is imperative that we stop placing people who are selfish into leadership roles because it will kill the organization, company, initiative, and movement. Being selfish will kill a thing quicker than it started.

When placing people in power or authority over your life, organization, etc. ALWAYS pay close attention. It is never that easy. Ask questions. Do not simply just vote or agree because you do not care. Always care.

Is it possible for a selfish leader to change?  Yes it is possible but it has to happen early on. Eventually habits become your lifestyle. And once something is your lifestyle it is almost impossible to reverse it.

Do you know a selfish leader ? Or are you a selfish leader ? I would love to work with you and/or the individual that you know. For more information contact me at Info@ChristinaKanu.com

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I Don’t Want To Do “This” Anymore- An Article for Those Who Wanted to Give Up.

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

03.28.16

We all have those days and that moment. What is your this ?
Is it:
  • Work
  • School
  • Business
  • Relationships
  • Friendships
  • Families
  • Getting Up In The Morning
  • Or even
  • Living ?
I try to give myself a theme to every year in life. 2016 was labeled the marathon because I had Goals on Goals on Goals and I knew that it would be a long year. I hit a few hurdles in the marathon but still continued to leap. But then I hit a point where I was just tired. I am a master planner and organizer so when people talk to me about having “discipline” I look at them funny. The 24 hours are there and the time is delegated and the level of multitasking is on 100. But I just had a moment of not wanting to do “This” anymore?
How do you cope when you are tired ? What do you do when you are overwhelmed ? How do you recover from that moment of wanting to quit ?
Sometimes you have to walk away and come back to a situation. If time does not permit take the longest break that you can afford yourself. If it is a day take it. If it is an hour take it. If it is a nap on a rainy Sunday afternoon take it (That was my solution).
Never be ashamed to have a moment of not being able to do “this” you are human too. It does not matter what type of job you have, the number of degrees, where you went to school, what your marital status is, or anything else. We all have a this and we all have a moment where we want to throw in the towel.
I say it all the time and I will say it again. The moment you throw in your towel that allows others to do the same. Someone is watching you and they want to see you be great.
Stay encouraged even as you hit the different hurdles in life. You too can overcome your “This”. 
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